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Reimagining live sports through the power of 5G

5G VISTA (Video in Stadia Technical Architecture) will deliver a more interactive and broader range of content to sports fans. Through the integration of 5G it will bring live sports to a new level, demonstrating clear benefits to users, increasing the channels of engagement, whilst showcasing new in-stadia digital experiences.

The project, which will come to life with a full demonstration at a live sports event in February 2022. Using 5G LTE feMBMS (further evolved multimedia broadcast multicast service) to enhance the fan experience and create an innovative and exciting dimension to live sports. Viewers will be able to enjoy instant replays via smartphones during stadium events, and access an unprecedented amount of content instantaneously at their fingertips – from a choice of multiple camera angles to in-depth background info on their team.

5G VISTA will also demonstrate how 5G broadcast can contribute to reducing carbon emissions by decreasing the number of base stations, and the amount of spectrum needed to deliver content to mass audiences.

This collaboration of leading organisations brings together complementary skills, knowledge and experience from across the whole mobile media delivery ecosystem, from devices to networks to broadcast to content and venues.

  • Digital Catapult for the 5G testbed network, validation of the business cases and assessment of further applications and market verticals
  • DTG as project management, coordination and collaboration with the creative industries
  • GWS for consumer research from an MNO perspective
  • Rohde & Schwarz to provide equipment, systems and expertise for a multicast/broadcast overlay network based on FeMBMS
  • O2 as a Mobile Network Operator and will provide 4G & 5G network solutions for the project and have a strong link to live sport, and music experiences will provide the final showcase venue